Ami Brown refused to give up hope. The Alaskan Bush People matriarch, 54, had been quoted survival rates as low as 3 percent after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer last spring. But when the reality star went in to receive the results of her latest scans on Dec. 21 after months of painful radiation and chemotherapy treatments, she just knew she was going to walk out of the room happy.
“I was expecting great news,” the mother of seven says in the current issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday. “I could just feel it.”
She was right: All signs of her cancer, which had spread throughout her chest and back, had disappeared.
“The doctors were as shocked as we were,” says Ami’s husband, Billy, who relocated his family from their homestead in rural Alaska to Southern California last year for Ami to receive treatment.
The radiation had made it almost impossible for Ami to eat anything, and she had gotten down to a life-threatening 77 lbs. But now, she’s waking up in the middle of the night to enjoy snacks and weighs 104 lbs.